See Atelier Ryza 2’s New Combat; Holy Cow, Tao!

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy may be a sequel, but the combat has evolved. The latest trailer today highlights those changes and lets you see the gameplay for yourself. One of the biggest changes is that you will now control a party of four and can switch out characters as needed. That will add an additional layer of strategy, but I wonder if there is a tradeoff somewhere. With the faster speed of combat in this sequel, it may just be another new layer.

All that speed is great, but your characters seem to hit harder too. The trailer shows skills and Action Orders pummeling the enemy and are filled with all kinds of fancy effects, but one thing stands out – Tao has been hitting the gym. His twin blades are striking while he spins around in the air. It’s been three years since he left Kurken Island, and he’s put that time to use by getting fit or training with ninjas.

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Another big surprise is the new ability to use multiple items in a single turn. We see characters using those items to create what appears to be an attack with multiple elemental effects and more damage. The damage is tied to the level of your items, so it will pay to spend more time increasing your quality. The video goes by pretty quickly, and I would imagine we’ll have to work up to that speed.

Finishing out the video, a powered-up Lent drops a Fatal Action, and it’s huge. If the fluffy sheep enemies weren’t already eliminated, they would have been incinerated with everything else. It’s an impressive sequence.

Lasting almost three minutes, you should give the trailer a watch to see the changes for yourself. Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy is releasing on January 26th in the US and January 29th in the EU.

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